INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated December 2, 2019

March 20, 2012

Россия в иностранной прессе

Press Review: PUBLIC AND EXPERT OPINIONS ON RUSSIAN BUDGET SPENDING LARGELY SIMILAR

The Voice of Russia

The presidential decree to prepare the bill on constitutional assembly was greeted with apprehension by the opposition, who believe rushing the bill may result in eventual severe changes to the constitution and loss of constitutional freedoms. The best way to safeguard constitution from such amendments is to not have a law on constitutional assemblies altogether, Igor Yurgens, chairman of the Contemporary Development Institute said. In order to change the political system, one does not need to have a constitutional assembly, he believes. The expert proposed introducing the vice president post in Russia and suggested Medvedev assume office. This post could be created through the same procedure that was done to add amendments on presidential office terms in the past few years.